Chewbacca mom sings Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the World’ in wake of recent shootings

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HASBRO - Candace Payne, also known as Chewbacca Mom, streams a Facebook Live video with her custom Chewbacca Mom action figure during a meet and greet at Hasbro HQ in Pawtucket, R.I., Friday, June 17, 2016. Payne is known for her viral Facebook Live video post of herself wearing a Hasbro Chewbacca Electronic Mask. (Stew Milne/AP Images for Hasbro)
Candace Payne, also known as Chewbacca Mom, streams a Facebook Live video with her custom Chewbacca Mom action figure during a meet and greet at Hasbro HQ in Pawtucket, R.I., Friday, June 17, 2016. (Stew Milne/AP Images for Hasbro)

Candace Payne, the Texas woman better known as Chewbacca Mom, is back on Facebook Live — and it turns out she can sing.

The viral star, who reached internet fame after posting a Facebook Live video of herself in a Chewbacca toy mask, recorded herself singing Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” on Saturday in honor of the victims of recent shootings across the U.S.

“I am thousands of miles, hundreds of miles away from identifying with every single ounce of pain that is being felt by the whole world right now,” Payne said in the video.

Payne, who is from Grand Prairie, said she lives just 30 minutes away from where the fatal shootings of four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer were fatally shot at a protest. Though she said she had been silent the past couple of days because she felt sad and hurt, Payne felt like she needed to share Jackson’s song.

“I felt like somebody needs to resing these lyrics again and sing them over our world and just be a good reminder,” Payne said. “I hope that it in someway touches you and inspires you to make a better place.”

 

Garth Brooks addresses recent shootings, dedicates song to Dallas during concert in New York

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium on July 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 08: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium on July 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Garth Brooks’ two-night performance at Yankee Stadium in New York City kicked off Friday night, marking his first time returning to the region in 19 years.

But his performance came just one day after four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer were fatally shot at a protest downtown. And Brooks made sure to take a moment to address the events in Dallas and the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Brooks paused midway though his performance and said people had been asking him for a statement regarding the shooting.

“We have the same statement [as for] what happened in Orlando down in Florida, or what happened over in Paris at a concert,” he said. “People, we’ve got to love one another. That’s what it’s all about. That’s our only hope.”

Then, he performed and dedicated his 2014 hit “People Loving People” to the city.

Watch Dick Van Dyke sing a ‘Mary Poppins’ song outside Walt Disney’s home

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The magical world of Disney strikes again.

Earlier this week, actor Dick Van Dyke took a trip to Illinois to visit his childhood home. But along the way, he stopped by Walt Disney’s birthplace in Chicago and did more than just look around.

Van Dyke, who is 90 years old, led an impromptu performance of “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from the 1934 film, “Mary Poppins.” He played everyone’s favorite chimney sweep Bert in the movie, which won five Academy Awards.

During the singalong, Van Dyke had some help from his wife Arlene and the Vantastix, his acapella singing group. Apart from visiting Disney’s home in Chicago, he was there to promote his Dick Van Dyke Foundations for the Performing Arts.

Watch Van Dyke in “Mary Poppins” below and expect to be hit with some major nostalgia.

 

 

Kanye West confused Texas fans, announced ‘Famous’ screening in Houston that didn’t happen

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. West and Adidas are expanding their partnership that began almost two years ago with retail hubs for his Yeezy products and additional sportswear designs. The sportswear company announced the collaboration on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, and described it as the most significant partnership between a non-athlete and an athletic brand. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
In this Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

On Friday, Kanye West posted a series of tweets announcing pop-up viewings of his latest music video “Famous” all around the U.S. — including two in Houston. Similar to the way he debuted the controversial video in New York City, the video was expected to be projected on the walls of city buildings.

According to Twitter’s time stamp, West tweeted at 9:13 p.m. “Famous viewings in Houston starting @9:30PM Texas Avenue and Jackson Street South Main Street and Fondren.”

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/749063495338065920

Basically, West gave Houstonians all of 17 minutes to get to the screening, which many pointed out wasn’t enough time. West didn’t seem to take time zones into account with his posts, giving people in Philadelphia only a two minute heads up.

The really strange thing about all of this is that no one seemed to be able to find these screenings. Houston fans kept tweeting about searching for the videos on the intersections West posted but came up with nothing. Similar situations happened in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Miami. It’s still a little unclear if the video screened anywhere at all.

West also made his video available on YouTube Friday. Here’s what Houston fans had to say to West’s tweet:

https://twitter.com/Gretchen_Flores/status/749076777809514496

https://twitter.com/G0Dflow/status/749073215985623041

https://twitter.com/Mitch_L18/status/749078375101149184

$40,000 can’t buy you love, but it can buy a shirt stained with John Lennon’s blood

FILE - In this May 13, 1968 file photo, John Lennon appears at a news conference in New York. Lennon’s 75th birthday will be celebrated next month in New York City at a concert featuring Willie Nelson, the Roots, Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow. Event producer Blackbird Presents announced Friday that the show will tape at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 5, 2015. It will air on AMC on Dec. 19. (AP Photo/John Lindsay, File)
In this May 13, 1968 file photo, John Lennon appears at a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/John Lindsay, File)

When John Lennon was fatally shot in 1980 outside an apartment building, a concierge rushed to his aid. The man, whose name is Jay Hastings, was wearing a white button down shirt that became soaked with Lennon’s blood.

According to WOGL, Hasting’s shirt has auctioned off the shirt for $40,819. Originally, it was expected to go for only about $9,000.

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The auction sale also included a signed copy of the album “Double Fantasy,” along with a typed letter of thanks from Yoko Ono to the apartment staff, a Thanksgiving cared signed by Lennon and Ono and a Rolling Stones articles with Hastings from 1981.

Here’s what television’s first commercial looked like 75 years ago today

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Seventy-five years ago today, television aired what is considered to be the first legal commercial.

“Evidence is mounting that [TV] will gain little headway for ‘the duration,'” Ad Age wrote in June 1941 following the FCC’s approval of commercial TV.

A month later, Bulova aired a 10-second spot featuring the face of a Bulova watch over an outline of the U.S. According to Ad Age, the commercial ran during an afternoon Dodgers-Phillies game on NBC-owned WNBT. The original ad also featured a voiceover from announcer Ray Forrest saying “America runs on Bulova.”

YouTube user Dave Birss recreated the ad, using his own voice to imitate Forrest’s. He says it cost him $5, which is just $4 less than what the original cost.

UT students are sharing wild party stories on Twitter and it’s just what you’d expect

Texas Longhorns fans celebrate a win against Oklahoma Sooners 24-17 in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Texas Longhorns fans celebrate a win against Oklahoma Sooners 24-17 in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Have you ever gone to a party and done something you’re not exactly proud of? Well, whatever memory just came to mind may or may not not beat the stories students at the University of Texas had to share on Twitter this week.

The hashtag #utpartystories started trending yesterday, when students began reflecting on some of their craziest nights while attending UT. Let’s just say the full thread is a wild ride.

Though the hashtag can get pretty raunchy, there were some that were all-around amusing. Careful, you might just get a little nostalgic for your own college days.

There was this patriotic tale.

This lucky Longhorn.

https://twitter.com/NaitikSingh4/status/748910752715550721

A glass for champions.

https://twitter.com/JulianRuiMateo/status/748736144162955264

A night that turned sour.

https://twitter.com/_heyyapril/status/748899137353953280

A date that didn’t go over too well.

There are those strange things you’ll find at every frat party.

https://twitter.com/adabonem/status/748771404842098689

The real way to good grades.

https://twitter.com/juan1antonio_/status/748763650656047104

Sometimes, things just get a little out of control.

https://twitter.com/_getitdunn/status/748755046783864832

These girls who did partying right.

https://twitter.com/InfiniteCaitlin/status/748718225265987585

And then there were also people who weren’t sure how smart publicly posting these stories were.

https://twitter.com/_kelseywong/status/748726368284712960

 

 

5 Nancy Grace moments we’ll never forget

Television host Nancy Grace announced yesterday she will soon be ending her show. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Television host Nancy Grace announced yesterday she will soon be ending her show. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

After almost 12 years, the Nancy Grace show will be off the air at HLN. #RiotsInTheStreets?

Yesterday it was reported that Nancy Grace would be leaving HLN to embark on a new journey. While this is surely not the last we’ll see of her, television is losing one of its most outspoken and controversial figures. Grace had a reputation for fueling the internet rage machine, but many times she was also one of the best sources of entertainment in the courtroom news business.

Looking back on her long career as a television judge, jury and executioner, here are five times Grace turned our rage into laughter.

1. There was that time Nancy Grace and 2 Chainz debated over marijuana legalization and rap videos.

2. There was also the time her producers staged a mutiny.

3. Every time Grace cut off the mic on a rowdy guest, we all cheered in our living rooms. Admit it. Here she is explaining why she does it:

4. Let’s never forget the bravery she showed in 2012 when she took on the women of The View over the controversial remarks she made about Whitney Houston’s death.

5. Pretty much her entire Twitter feed is pure hashtag gold.

It’s safe to say cable news will be less entertaining without you, Nancy.